Ontario passed legislation today that will strengthen consumer protection by introducing new rules for home inspections.
The Putting Consumers First Act will:
- Regulate the home inspection industry through mandatory licensing and proper qualifications for home inspectors, as well as minimum standards for contracts, home inspection reports, disclosures and the performance of home inspections.
- Home inspectors are one of the only professionals involved in a real estate transaction that are not currently provincially regulated.
- The proposed legislation to regulate home inspectors was based on 35 recommendations made by a 16-member expert panel, which were supported by both industry and consumers.